If you're a civilian employee working for the Defense Department, you've been put on notice. The sequester is very real and it's extremely likely you are going to feel the effects of it soon. About 800,000 employees received notification that a furlough could be on the way.
J. David Cox is the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees. Dave Gassett, a mechanic in Arkansas, has worked for the federal government for 38 years.